sorrows [chebel] of hell [sha'owl] compassed
me about: [cabab] the snares [mowqesh] of death [maveth] prevented
[qadam] me. KJV-Interlinear
5 The cords
of Sheol surrounded me; The snares of death confronted me. NASB
The extremes of anxiety are being expressed here.
As in the previous verse, sorrows or cords, 'chebel,' mean rope, twisted, bindings.
Snares, 'mowqesh,' mean noose or nets such as in hunting nets, which are thrown over and around the prey so as to render it helpless and prevent movement. This assures the kill of the prey which of course means certain death.
So, cords or sorrows of death seized upon the individual as well as the bindings of the circumstances that give no room for maneuvering or movement, thus placing the individual in a difficult and helpless place with no way out.
The picture is one of hopelessness and the overwhelming sorrow and anxiety that overpowers and overcomes the person.
Sooner or later in every persons life, they are faced with this situation. Whether during the life when various circumstances place huge obstacles before you, or whether late in ones life, when old age and the nearness of death approach, makes no difference.
The timing and the circumstances are irrelevant. The fact of the confrontation of death, is relevant. And that brings the person face to face with just how they are going to handle it.
With God and doctrine, you can handle death and all situations in life, just fine. Without God and lacking doctrine, then your face to face confrontation with death will prove your weakness and ultimate terror content of your soul.
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